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Brenda Villa
Brenda  Villa

Hometown:
Commerce, CA

Last College:
Stanford 2003

Height:
5-4

Position:
Attacker

Birthdate:
04/18/1980

Club:
The Olympic Club, Orizzonte


08/17/2017

African-American Goalies Bringing Diversity To Water Polo

This article appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of SkipShot Magazine

08/15/2017

2017 FINA World Masters Recap: For The Love Of The Game

12 USAWP Clubs with 21 teams competed in Budapest, Hungary

04/06/2017

Maggie Steffens Tells TeamUSA.org Six Great Reasons To Try Water Polo

With sport growing fast, some fun suggestions on why people should get involved

03/13/2017

Five-time Olympian Tony Azevedo Announces 2017 Aquatic Games Coming This August

USA Water Polo sanctioned event will mix competition with entertainment and other interactive elements

01/18/2017

Brenda Villa, Peter Varellas & Walt Price Added To USA Water Polo Board Of Directors

Trio brings valuable experience in and out of the water polo pool

03/05/2013

60 seconds with olympic gold medalist Brenda Villa.

60 Seconds With - Brenda Villa

10/22/2012

Brenda Villa and Tim Hutten walk the red carpet and mingle with celebs for charity.

Yahoo! Sports Presents: A Day of Champions

10/15/2012

The Women's National Team make countless media appearances.

Women's National Team Sizzle Reel

08/28/2012

Commerce, CA honors Brenda Villa.

Commerce Honors Gold Medalist Brenda Villa

08/21/2012

Gold medalists describe winning in London.

US Women's Water Polo Brings Home Gold

03/08/2013

2011 Pan American Games

USA Women Win Gold

03/08/2013

USA Women Visit Athleta

In-store visit - The Grove

02/13/2013

2012 Olympic Games - Women's Water Polo

The U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo Team competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England winning the gold medal.

02/13/2013

Team USA Gold Medal Appearances

The U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo Team shares their Gold Medals with the community

Captain of the Gold Medal Winning squad at the 2012 Olympic Games in London England and the Silver Medal Winning squad at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China... Is most decorated athlete in the world of women's water polo... Named FINA Magazine's Female Water Polo Player of the Decade (2000-10)...Brings solid outside shot along with great passing ability.

INTERNATIONAL/CLUB
Logged six goals at the 2012 Olympics... Fired in eight goals for Team USA at the 2012 FINA World League Super Final... Scored six goals to help Team USA to a Gold Medal and Olympic berth at the 2011 Pan American Games...Third on the team with eight goals scored on the way to a sixth place finish at the 2011 FINA World Championships...Tied for team lead with seven goals during Gold Medal run at 2011 FINA World League Super Final in Tianjin, China. Named to All-Tournament team...Villa scored two goals helping Team USA to the Gold Medal at the 2010 FINA World Cup...Punched in eight goals for Team USA at the 2010 FINA World League Super Final to help USA take home the Gold...Named to the All Tournament Team, as well as being named MVP of the 2010 FINA World League Super Final...Scored five goals with six assists during Gold Medal run at 2009 FINA World Championships... earned her third Olympic medal overall at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing...tied for team lead in scoring with nine goals and added five assists... Tallied seven goals during Silver Medal finish at 2008 FINA World League Super Final... Part of a host of players with 11 goals during the 2007 Pan American Games, including three in a win over Venezuela... Put home three goals during Super Final 2007... Led the team in scoring with 16 goals during the 2005 FINA World Championships, landing her as the second highest scorer in the tournament...Scored 10 goals at the 2005 FINA World League... In the 2004 Olympic Games, she scored four goals against. Hungary and two against Russia to guarantee a medal...Olympic Bronze Medalist at 2004 Athens Olympic Games...Scored 10 goals for Team USA at the 2003 Pan American Games, including two in the gold-medal win over Canada to qualify for the Athens Olympics...Had a team-high 13 goals to lead USA to gold at the 2003 World Championships...Was named to the Media All-World Team at the 2002 World Cup, tying for most goals scored with nine...Olympic Silver Medalist at 2000 Sydney Games...Scored game-tying goal with 13.1 seconds left in eventual loss to Australia in gold medal game...Scored the winning goal in the Olympic Qualifying Game against Hungary at the Qualification Tournament in Palermo...Selected as Female Hope for Tomorrow by World Water Polo Magazine...Scored eight goals to lead the U.S. in scoring at the 1997 FINA World Cup...A member of the National Team since 1996

PROFESSIONAL
Has played professionally in Italy for parts of seasons since 2008...Spent the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons playing professional water polo for the Italian Division I Team, Orizzonte, in Catania, Italy...Won the LEN Champions Cup Finals in 2005 and 2006 as well as the Italian League Title.

COLLEGE
MPSF Player of the Year in 2003...A finalist for the 2003 Peter J. Cutino Award...Finished Stanford career with 172 goals (three seasons)...Was honored with the 2002 Peter J. Cutino Award...A finalist for the 2002 Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year Award...Member of 2002 NCAA Championship Team...All-Tournament 1st Team honors at 2002 NCAA and MPSF Championships...In 2002, she led Stanford in scoring with 60 goals...Had a team-high 69 goals in her freshman campaign in 2001, when Stanford finished second at the first Women's Water Polo NCAA Championship...Named Division I Water Polo Player of the Year in 2001...MPSF Co-Player of the Year as a freshman.

HIGH SCHOOL
Earned 1st Team All-CIF honors three times on Bell Gardens High School's boys water polo team...A four-time girls 1st Team All-American.

PERSONAL
Recalls her favorite water polo moment as defeating Hungary to qualify for the first ever Women's Water Polo Olympic Games

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2012 OLYMPICS, LONDON, ENGLAND, 1ST PLACE
  • 2012 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, CHANGSHU, CHINA, 1ST PLACE
  • 2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, GUADALAJARA, MEXICO, 1ST PLACE
  • 2011 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 6TH PLACE
  • 2011 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, TIANJIN, CHINA, 1ST PLACE
  • 2010 FINA WORLD CUP, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND, 1ST PLACE
  • 2010 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, SAN DIEGO, CA, 1ST PLACE
  • 2009 HOLIDAY CUP, NEWPORT BEACH, CA, 2ND PLACE
  • 2009 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, ROME, ITALY, 1ST PLACE
  • 2009 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, KIRISHI, RUSSIA 1ST PLACE
  • 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES, BEIJING, CHINA, 2ND PLACE
  • 2008 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, TENERIFE, SPAIN, 2ND PLACE
  • 2007 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, 1ST PLACE
  • 2007 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, MONTREAL, CANADA, 1ST PLACE
  • 2007 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 1ST PLACE
  • 2006 HOLIDAY CUP, LOS ALAMITOS, CA , 1ST PLACE
  • 2006 FINA WORLD CUP, TIANJIN, CHINA, 4TH PLACE
  • 2006 FINA WORLD LEAGUE, COSENZA, ITALY, 1ST PLACE
  • 2005 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, MONTREAL, CANADA, 2ND PLACE
  • 2005 FINA WORLD LEAGUE, 5TH PLACE
  • 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES, ATHENS, GREECE, 3RD PLACE
  • 2004 HOLIDAY CUP, LA JOLLA, CA, 1ST PLACE
  • 2004 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SERIES, LONG BEACH, CA, 1ST PLACE
  • 2003 HOLIDAY CUP, LOS ALAMITOS, CA, 1ST PLACE
  • 2003 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, 1ST PLACE
  • 2003 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BARCELONA, SPAIN, 1ST PLACE
  • 2002 FINA WORLD CUP, PERTH, AUSTRALIA, 2ND PLACE
  • 2002 HOLIDAY CUP, PALO ALTO, UNITED STATES, 1ST PLACE
  • 2001 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, FUKUOKA, JAPAN, 4TH PLACE
  • 2001 HOLIDAY CUP, LOS ALAMITOS, UNITED STATES, 1ST PLACE
  • 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 2ND PLACE
  • 1999 SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, MESSINA, ITALY, 5TH PLACE
  • 1999 HOLIDAY CUP, LOS ALAMITOS, CALIFORNIA, 3RD PLACE
  • 1998 HOLIDAY CUP, LOS ALAMITOS, CALIFORNIA, 2ND PLACE
  • 1998 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, PERTH, AUSTRALIA, 8TH PLACE
  • 1997 FINA JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, 3RD PLACE
  • 1995 FINA JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, 3RD PLACE

FUN FACTS ABOUT BRENDA

FAVORITE QUOTE: "I'VE MISSED MORE THAN 9000 SHOTS IN MY CAREER. I'VE LOST ALMOST 300 GAMES, 26 TIMES, I'VE BEEN TRUSTED TO TAKE THE GAME WINNING SHOT AND MISSED. I'VE FAILED OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN MY LIFE. AND THAT IS WHY I SUCCEED." -MICHAEL JORDAN
FAVORITE FOOD: MEXICAN FOOD SPECIFICALLY HER MOTHER'S CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP CASSEROLE
FAVORTIE MOVIE: GREASE
FAVORITE ACTOR: LEONARDO DICAPRIO
FAVORITE ACTRESS: JULIA ROBERTS
FAVORITE SONG: "PUT ON FOR MY CITY" YOUNG JEEZY
PERSONAL THEME SONG: "CRAZY IN LOVE" BY BEYONCE
FAVORITE MUSICIANS: THE STROKES, KANYE WEST, LAURYN HILL, DRAKE
FAVORITE COLOR: PURPLE AND RED
FACEBOOK OR MYSPACE: FACEBOOK
COOLEST PERSON YOU KNOW: ISABELLA (NIECE)
BEST PRESENT EVER RECEIVED: A SILVER BOX ENGRAVED FOR SILVER OLYMPIC MEDAL
BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME: GEISHA
MAGICAL POWER IF AVAILABLE: TO FLY
SPORT TO PLAY OTHER THAN WATER POLO: SOFTBALL OR SOCCER
ETC: SUPPORTS WOMEN'S SPORTS FOUNDATION AS THEY GET WOMEN FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE INVOLVED IN SPORTS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND HEALTHY LIVING...BEST THING ABOUT WATER POLO IS THE TEAM CHEMISTRY AND TRAVELING...STARTING PLAYING WATER POLO IN ORDER TO FOLLOW AROUND OLDER BROTHER (EDGAR)...FOUNDER OF PROJECT 2020

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